Poetry Friday: “Words are Birds”


January 5th was National Bird Day. I have been a bit obsessed with these feathered flyers for several years now, so I hope you don’t mind if I extend the celebration and share a bird poem or two today.

“Words are Birds”
by Francisco X. Alarcón

are birds
that arrive
with books
and spring

the wind
and trees

some words
are messengers
that come
from far away
from distant lands

for them
there are
no borders
only stars
moon and sun

Read the rest of the poem here.

by Srivatsa Sreenivasarao via unsplash
by Srivatsa Sreenivasarao via Unsplash

Alarcón’s poem and these little birds inspired this #haikuforhealing:

white-rumped munia:
poem perched on a puddle’s rim
birds are words

© Catherine Flynn, 2017

Please be sure to visit Linda Baie at Teacher Dance for the first Poetry Friday Roundup of 2017!

14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Words are Birds”

  1. Catherine, this poem and your haiku are paired beautifully. I must admit that I did not know what a munia is so thanks for broadening my knowledge and love of words. Alliteration is strong in your haiku.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. We ARE on the same wavelength, Catherine, and I didn’t even know about National Bird Day! Thanks for sharing the Alarcón poem, which rings bells – I think I read it long ago but had “misplaced” it, and for sharing your “poem perched on a puddle’s rim” as well. Happy New Year!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s